Aahana and Shivani Kumra

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Bright red lipsticks are subject to scrutiny in India, they not only enhance the beauty but are also making women rebellious – liking a particular shade means you are opinionated and when you have opinions about matters then the cultured Indian system begins the mockery. Shivani and Aahana Kumra have faced the hurdles together and have always stood, holding hands against the gale. The former is an academic with the creative hat and the latter is the actress of ‘Lipstick under my Burkha’ who is facing the anti-feminism brigade with bright smiles and a refurbished hope system in a true feminist style.

Childhood Chapter

Shivani: We were often mistaken as twins. Vibrant, energetic and full of thirst for life will aptly define our childhood. There is one incident where she got lost at a school fete, I went searching with my mom but could not find her anywhere, my mom wanted to give up but I persisted and went again to see her sitting alone and crying. The memory of her in a yellow raincoat is still etched in my memory. Poor soul, she must have been totally frightened.

Aahana: She is my mentor, the girl who everyone adored and I wanted to be like her. My sister was academically inclined and I was a day dreamer, lost alone in my world of colorful fantasies. I was a difficult child, but she never gave up on me. She nurtured and pushed me so that I could have the courage to fly higher, soar up above the clouds.

  1. Shivani and Aahana with their mother.
  2. Both the sisters enjoying a friendly banter.

 

Style file

Shivani:
We both love colorful outfits. But I don’t experiment much and stick to basics.

Aahana:
I love dressing up! Incidentally, I selected every sari, jewellery and makeup for her wedding. She trusts me blindly because it comes naturally to me because of my profession.

Family Heirloom

Shivani:
My mom’s Rani pink wedding sari with gold zari work combination is my favorite and she has an exquisite collection of jewellery. Her kundan set and diamond earrings are my favorite.

Aahana:
Mom’s wedding sari is my favorite, a pink with zari work. I love the zari which even after 34 years is still intact in its sheen.

  1. The Kundan set is a family heirloom that has been passed down the generations; Gopalika will be its next heir.

Shivani is wearing Ghanshyam Sarode Handwoven Soft Silk Sari and Aahana ’s pick is Weaverstory Handwoven Benarasi Silk Cotton Sari.

Aahana’s pick is Eco Loom Handwoven Maheshwari Silk Cotton Sari and Shivani is wearing Eco Loom Handwoven Maheshwari Silk Sari.

Work & Life

Shivani:
We are poles apart in our creative space. She always wanted to be an actor and I was academic oriented, so here I am in the marketing and sales division of a fragrance house.

Aahana:
The actress in me is dying to reach new places for newer roles that will fascinate me. I am looking forward to a state where my work becomes an organic part of my inner values.

Shivani:
I have always wanted to have a family of my own. Hence, I settled down to get married and have a little boy right now. To spend quality time with my family and achieve the best at the workspace is the biggest challenge by far.

Aahana:
I want to travel the world. Never tie myself down to any particular industry, so that my work is multicultural and has the essence of art from across the world. I will one day want to settle down but the near future will have to surprise me with quirky but real roles.

 

My Parisera Trunk

Shivani chooses dramatic hues and detailed extravaganza for her sister Aahana’s wardrobe.

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This wide bordered silk sari is magnificent and boasts of intrinsic labor

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Subtle and minimalistic, suiting her sensibilities

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Deep colors and bold combinations makes the perfect addition